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khaley | 22 Jan 2014
SEP12-v3.jpegA cash register was part of the Internet of Things long before there was an Internet of Things.  
 
A cash register, or Point Of Sale (POS) system, is a device that contains an operating system and network connectivity. It performs a very specific task, sending data back to a central server. Put that way, it sounds very much like part of the Internet of Things (IoT).
 
The big difference between POS and “IoT” is that devices in the “new” Internet of Things tend to run some flavor of Linux, while many cash registers run some version of the Windows operating system. As such, these cash registers are susceptible to the millions of pieces of  malware written for Windows.  
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dschrader | 28 Dec 2010 | 0 comments

Gartner just released their annual report on endpoint security (see: Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Gartner, 2010)

As you can read in the report, Symantec extended its lead both in terms of vision and ability to execute.  What is really notable, however, is the strong statement Gartner made about the future of endpoint security.  The reports starts with an indictment, "Malware effectiveness continues to accelerate, while vendors are busy polishing increasingly ineffective solutions and doing little to fundamentally reduce the attack surface and protect users."

Gartner goes on to state, "Signature-based malware detection has been limping along on life support for...